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. testimony from the outgoing acting irs commissioner as well as the treasury inspector general for tax of ministration. but want to see your thoughts of what you saw, hrd, and readabour hearings coming up regarding this case. you can also reach out by a social media. more from the path front page of wall streetg's " journal," they write -- we want to hear what you have to say about this story and the coverage of yesterday's hearing. lindarst call comes from in columbus, ohio on our line for democrats. you are on "washington journal." caller: this is double down dumbing of the republican party. we should be grateful to the irs. anyone who has the name "tea party: t-notes political. party" denotes political. amm sick of the tea party, i sick of what they stand for, and we should be grateful to the irs for what they have done. they needed help. they shorted the people power there because of republicans. that is one way of singling out giving money for political views. dan from us move on to jacksonville florida. you are on "washington journal." i think regardless of party lines and partis
noise. it worked for a while on benghazi, then abc news revealed the revised talking points. then he irs admitted 'controversitive groups targeted. and then the just department admitted the ap reporters targeted. john mccain calling for a special committee to look into benghazi on this show. others demanding reporters. reporters up in arms and a who is press secretary up against the wall. it's not how many of these scandals keep popping up but how fast they keep popping up. so here's what could be another summer bummer for an embattled white house all over again. what are we to make of this? >> well, neil, all coming together all at once for an administration that, you're right, has had a bit of a ride for a while that the press was seen as being fairly lenient with it, we'll say. but now it is clearly engaged across the board on a number of fronts, and the irs scandal is coming to a head. you can see democrats and republicans coming out with statements left and right that disthis will really be something that both sides of capitol hill will look at intensely, with hearing after hearing
called for the immediate resignation of acting i.r.s. commissioner steven miller in light of the i.r.s.'s admission that it targeted conservative groups for inappropriate scrutiny. while i was willing to give mr. miller and other i.r.s. officials the benefit of the doubt until the facts were in, the treasury inspector general report released on tuesday has erased any doubts as to the severity of the misconduct and blatant incompetence in dealing with it at the highest levels of the i.r.s. i'm pleased that president obama chose to heed the call that i made and others as well by dismissing mr. miller last nig night. this is a necessary step but only a first step toward restoring the credibility and the integrity of the i.r.s. this scandal is much larger than any one official within the i.r.s. any government official who knew about the misconduct within the i.r.s. and decided not to make this information public should be held accountable. no american taxpayer should ever have to worry that a group they belong to or a view that they espouse will subject them to less favorable tax treat
minutes after the hour. yes, indeed, i want the i.r.s. to be tough. i want the i.r.s. to go after tax cheats. i would suggest the i.r.s. might want to start with the companies that take jobs overseas then don't pay tacks on the profits they're making overseas. i would like to start with the oil companies and the big cruise lines and the big banks that are recording record profits and not paying any on profits. the way they're doing it. going after these -- conservative right wing political organizations. some of whom may deserve -- but making that their sole purpose going after groups that have constitution somewhere in their title or -- they just -- there's no defending it. there's just no defending it. >> we're on twitter at bpshow. you can find us there. rahm says the i.r.s. is out of line. but so are the tax-exempt statuses where are the whistle-blowers for that nonsense? >> bill: i agree. you can't target one side of the political aisle. >> dynamite guy says maybe the tea baggers should quit with all of the anti-tax, anti-government talk. what did they expect? >> bill: anti-tax t
in the coming weeks? >> with respect to the irs, i spoke yesterday. my main concern is axing a problem. we began that process yesterday and accepting the resignation of the acting director. we will be putting in new leadership they'll be able to make sure that they are following up on the audit, that we gather up the facts, and hold accountable those who have taken these outrageous actions. it is just simply unacceptable for there to even be a hint of partisanship or ideology when it comes to the inaction of our tax forms. the marines are going to good -- look good next to us. i have a change of suits. i do not know about our prime minister. there we go. you guys, i am sorry. let me make sure that i answer the specific question. ican assure you that certainly did not know anything about the ig report before it had been leaked through press. s areally the ig report not supposed to be widely distributed or shared. they tend to be a process that everybody is trying to in that -- attack the integrity of. what i am absolutely certain of is that the actions that were described in that report are unacc
on this floor to warn of these tactics directed at tea party groups by the i.r.s. at the time the administration responded by saying this was just a natural backlog. well, we now know that was a deliberate and premeditated lie. it now appears that nearly 500 conservative groups were subjected to invasive review and intimidation. the i.r.s. demanded the names of every participant at every meeting these groups held for over years, transcripts of every speech given at these meetings, what positions they've taken on issues, the names of their volunteers and donors and in some cases their family members and associates and copies of privileged communications they had with elected officials. in some cases the person filing the request was then subjected to a person income tax audit. there is no way to estimate the number of additional groups who were discorged from -- discouraged from organizing because of these tactics. it appears leftist groups had their applications approved. the impact it had on the 2012 election is incalculable. this extend beyond a few low level rogue employees in cincinnati. one
, in fact darrel issa agree on, benghazi off of the front pages. on the irs did he fifth inspector general report now admits that the irs employees used inappropriate criteria in targeting tea party groups. but there is no way that the white house knew what the irs e up to. in fact on ap, that's fifth real schedule. no way to defend fifth department of justice snooping on the phone records things. would you over 100 reporters from the associated press. we will bring determine that up to date on all 3 fifth 3 things. would you those so-called scandals right here on current tv. going to do the young turks. i think the number one thing that viewers like about the young turks is that we're honest. they know that i'm not bs'ing them with some hidden agenda, actually supporting one party or the other. when the democrats are wrong, they know that i'm going to be the first one to call them out. they can question whether i'm right, but i think that the audience gets that this guy, to the best of his ability, is trying to look out for us. this this (vo) current tv is the place for
. the irs controversy, possible overreach by the justice department in its investigation of the associated press. and the benghazi investigation. all of those scandals still rocking the white house to a certainly extent. front and center on the sunday talk shows. dan pfeiffer made the rounds this morning, he ran the gauntlet. hit all five sunday shows. stood by white house claims that they knew nothing about the irs investigation until this week. >> the secretary of the treasury was made aware just that the investigation was beginning last year but no one in the white house was aware and reporting what we actually knew. an investigation was coming to conclusion, not the results. we didn't see the report until it was released last wednesday. >> meanwhile, republican jason chaffetz continued to ramp up charges about the benghazi attacks, recovered by the white house. invoking the boston bombings. this days after the white house released 100 pages of e-mails over the benghazi attacks and its attempt to do oishz. >> this administration says they want to be open and transparent but they haven't
and the irs targeting a conservative group. kelly wright with the newest details on the benghazi investigation. but we start with anna kooiman and the government seizure of secret procedures. unprecedented violation of the freedom of the press. the justice department under fire as attorneys for the associated press say it secretly obtained records for 20 phone lines both work and personal. they scanned several bureaus the press gallery and house of representatives. more than 140 reporters work in the offices where the records were taken. >> they haven't told us what they were looking for or why we didn't get prior notice. this seems to be very broad and we don't really know what it's about. >> the white house saying it has no knowledge of the doj inquiry. jay carney said we have no knowledge of any attempts by the justice department to seek phone records of the ap. we are not involved with decisions involved with criminal investigations. the justice department refuses to say why it fought the records. prosecutors said they are investigating who leaked details about a al qaeda plot during the o
. you are watching msnbc. >>> the ben plaza guy won't go awake the irs targeted conservative groups, it is not clear whether the workers were malicious or lazy, but politically, one thing is for certain, it has been arguably the worst week ever for the obama administration. >> why did you mislead congress and the american people on this? >> mr. chairman, i did not mislead congress nor the american people. i answered the questions as they were asked. >> you didn't mention targeting based on ideology. you didn't mention targeting based on buzzwords like tea party or patriots or 912. you knew that but didn't men that to the committee. do you not think that is a very incomplete answer? >> i answered the question truthful truthfully. >> will this serve as rallying cry for the tea party? >>> a federal investigation is now under way after two packed commuter trains in connecticut collided during friday evening's rush hour. connecticut's governor updated that situation a short time ago. we will get a live report. >>> plus, power fever. >> give back to the community. vacation, of course. >>
. >>> "outfront," next, breaking news, president obama announces a shake-up at the irs. the man at the top, gone. plus, more breaking news with the white house releasing more than 100 pages of internal e-mails regarding the attack in benghazi. and shocking new details about the abuse of three women held captive in a cleveland home. one of them called a human punching bag. that investigation, let's go "outfront." >>> good evening, everyone. "outfront" tonight, we begin with breaking news. the benghazi e-mails have been released. there are a lot of them. under intense pressure from members of both parties. the white house has now released more than 100 pages of e-mails detailing the back and forth between the cia, the state department, and the white house in developing those talking points about the deadly attack on the american diplomatic compound in benghazi. now here are the e-mails. these e-mails were first obtained at cnn by jay tapper. we read through them word for word. they detail the evolution of the talking points used in the days of the attacks by members of the administration to talk t
of how the irs treated tea party groups in the run-up to the election. top officials new, we're finding out, as far back as 2011 that agents were singling out nonprofit conservative groups and making it harder for them to get tax exempt status. this is all in a new treasury department report expected to come out this week. and cnn's athena jones has been covering this story. she joins us live from washington. athena, officials are now looking what we understand will come out in this report to see if the irs broke the rules by playing politics here, if they did something wrong. >> good morning. that's right, brianna. and of course this is a big deal. anyone who pays taxes can relate to this concern that some folks at the irs were unfairly targeting people simply because of their political leanings. i spoke to an official at the treasury inspector general for tax administration. that's the agency that's conducting this review. he told me they're doing this audit at the request of congress to look at the agency, look at its programs and operations and make recommendations. this is somethin
, and that the irs targeted the tea party groups for scrutiny. we would like to hear your thoughts on the irs case. here are the numbers to call -- you can also find us online. @cspanwj, tweet, send us a comment on or e-mail us. "usais the front page of today." "gop demands obama apology." collins was on cnn. let's listen to what she has to say. [video club] >> this contributes to the profound distrust that the american people have in government. it is chilling that the irs was singling out conservative groups for extra review. it is very disappointing that the president has not personally condemned this and spoken out. his spokesman has said it should be investigated, but the president needs to make court -- crystal clear that this is totally unacceptable in america. host: that was senator susan collins of maine talking about the irs. inside, the irs case is fodder for partisan warfare. that it targeted conservative groups for additional scrutiny during the 2012 election, it could jeopardize efforts for the elections. host: we have also seen this headline on the front pages of other
to the i.r.s. why did the i.r.s. need that information? was it to get more taxes? why do they need to know what books you are reading. the i.r.s. can put people in jail. are we looking to put people in jail for reading the wrong books, thinking the wrong things, opposing the ruling powers. that is something from another world, another country. this is america. these things do not happen here and should not happen here, yet, mr. speaker, these things have happened here. mr. speaker, it is time for the administration to lay everything on the table so we know where we stand and get past this and get back to the business of governance. we have slow economic growth. people are struggling. people have lost their jobs. people will continue to lose their jobs. paychecks are going down. we are held hostage by foreign governments who hold our debt and energy supplies when we are standing right on top of them in america. those are the policies we need to be discussing, not whether our government misled us about benghazi or wiretaps or fast and furious, whether they misled us about health and human se
. congress is back in session this week with immigration and the irs short to be hot topics. this morning on "washington " we want to focus on the backlog of complaints at the office of the current affairs. 6000 claims have been pending for more than 125 days. the department of veterans affairs is committed toetng rid of that backlog by 2015. we want to hear your ideas for fixing the growing inventory of claims for disability compensation. if you are a veteran or a family member of a veteran we want to hear from you today. our lines are open. if you are a current or retired that tran -- retired veteran veteran202-585-3883. you can also catch up with us on your favorite social media sites. good sunday morning to you here on capitol hill. we want to start with this article in "the new york times," the headline -- it is talking about president obama's president of secretary affairs. we are discussing this topic and we want to hear from your ideas and your experience with the current system. some facebook posts that have already come in on the subject -- you can write in at
this matter. i want to turn briefly to the irs issues. in 2004, george bush was president? >> yes. >> he was in the midst of a competitive reelection? >> yes. >> in 2004, it was revealed that the irs went after the naacp for alleged political activity in violation of its status as a not-for-profit organization. are you familiar with that? >> i remember that. >> it was subsequently uncovered they did nothing wrong but it was also determined as the result of a four-year request by the naacp, that seven members of the united states congress on the other side of the aisle have written letters to the irs requesting that the irs to investigate the naacp. are you will aware of that? but i don't remember that. >> was a criminal investigation ever laughed with the alleged political interference that took place leading to an unsubstantiated investigation of the naacp? i know you were not bad justice at the time. >> i don't believe so. >> i am thankful you have taken the step to launch an investigation into similar allegations of alleged political interference albeit not by members of congress and
on the irs mess. i heard him say everything i believe. it's this. if you have a problem in a company or on a team or in a government agency, you deal with it. you get rid of the bad apples. it's the one sure way, only sure way to convince people what they're seeing as bad has been removed. now, if you want the company or teamgency o government, itself, to look back, hoot and holler. don't fix the problem, don't get rid of the bad apples. let them sit there and smell up the whole barrel. let them stink up all the apples. the republicans have a lot to holler about here. they have their fat target. what i'm impressed by is the lawmakers who sees the problem, wants to actually fix it because he, like me, believes in what government can do positively. i have two members of the house ways & means committee joining me tonight. and u.s. congressman dave reichart is a republican from washington. i want to start with congressman reichart. sir, put this in perspective. we're going to look at the tape from the media. let's look at the tape first and react to what we saw. here's something from to
they talked about the i.r.s. targeting certain political groups. >> ok. good afternoon, everyone. i want to make a few observations about the administration's abuse of power. we now have focused the attention of everyone, including all of you, on the length to which the administration's willing to go to quiet the voices of its critics. my colleagues, including senator hatch, our ranking member on the finance committee, will focus at least to some extent on the i.r.s. i want to talk to the broader picture here. over the last year, actually going back to 2009 now, as i think about it, we've seen the efforts of the administration to quiet the voices of their critics. back during the debate on obamacare, it was the directive by the secretary of h.h.s. to help insurance companies that they could not tell their customers, those who bought their products, what they thought about obamacare. a directive from the secretary of.s. quieting the voices of critics of obamacare. now you've noticed the secretary s out raising money from the private sector, people who are dependent upon the government's r
, i.r.s. target list. i.r.s. unlawfully targets conservative organizations, blame placed on low-level employee and we're awaiting for accountability. exhibit d, d.o.j. subpoenas journalists' phone records to silence a leak. attorney general holder recuses himself. we're waiting for who's responsible. this is a disturbing pattern. the so-called most transparent administration in history appears to be blocking the truth from the american public. america is tired of unaccountable escape artists in the federal government. this ought not to be. but that's just the way it is. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman s recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, today i rise to honor military mental health awareness day. mental health issues continue to carry a significant stigma in our country. but it's time we recognize the challenges that many current service members and veterans are facing and we work to address their needs. all too atic stress is prevalent in our service members and veterans. as
in connecticut straight ahead. >> plus, a heated hearing on the irs scandal. who is responsible for targeting these individuals? >> i don't have names for you, mr. brady. i'm willing to try to find that out. >> the outgoing irs chief refuses to name names. why can't the administration find knows who are to blame for targeting the president's political enemies. that's coming up. >> they always say a bird in the hand is worth something. well, take a look at this video. >> get a mike. >> oh my god. [ laughter ] >> come on. that guy is my hero. a bird caught bear handed with the pastor with the golden grip. he joins us live. >> i like his response. >> i got this bird. >> "fox & friends" hour one starts right now. ♪ ♪ >> good morning, again, everyone. we the want to start with the fox news alert. it was a chaotic scene on the rails two. trains packed with commuters coming home on a friday night. collided right on the track in connecticut during last night's evening rush hour. 60 people were taken to the hospital and at least five this morning have critical injuries. >> pictures you are looking
we can all agree the published reports which suggests the i.r.s. agents were denying people their proper consideration based on politics, that's the allegation, i assume you haven't completed your investigation, but i think there's bipartisan agreement that you shouldn't be able to do that. now, you have publicly said you are having a criminal investigation. there are obviously criminal laws against denial of civil rights under 1983. there's also a specific i.r.s. code that says, any officer or employee of the united states acting in connection with any revenue law of the united states who with the intent to defeat the application of any provision of this title fails to perform any of the duties of his office or employment. then goes on to show if you violate that, that's a five-year felony. are there any gaps in the criminal code that would make it difficult for you to pursue criminal sanctions if you find that i.r.s. agents were denying benefits under the internal revenue code based on politics? >> that's a good question and i'm not sure what the answer is. i think the pro
tonight with this. call me a charlie rangel fan. today i watched him at the hearings on the irs mess. i heard him say everything i believe, it's this -- if you have a problem in a company or on a team or a government agency, you deal with it. it's the only sure way to convince people that what they're seeing as bad has been removed. if you want the company or team or government agency or government itself to look bad, just hoot and holler and say how bad things are, but don't fix the problem, just let them sit there and smell up the whole barrel. let themstring up all the apples. charlie rangel did a lot here. what i'm impressed by is the lawmaker who wants to fix the problem because he believes in what government can be positively. i've got two members of the house ways and means committee joining me tonight. i want to start with congressman rikert. let's look at the tape and react to what we saw. let's listen. >> the reality is this is not a personnel problem. this is a problem with the irs being too large, too powerful, too intrusive, and too abusive of honest, hard-working taxpayers
because we still don't know all the scope of what's going on, especially with the irs. and there's still lots more there. we talked about the a.p. scandal with the department of justice kind of subpoenaing records for reporters. so there's still a lot to be out there. i think he put down a marker, he kind of drew a line in the sand and said this is where we are and started to wail on congress. >> the white house has been slow to get out in front of these issues. what if anything can they do to take charge of the stories? >> start firing a lot of people that work in the government. that would be a great start. they did that with the acting commissioner of the irs. i think more heads should roll. i'm not going to defend the administration on the irs thing or on the a.p. subpoenas from holder. i think attorney general holder should resign. i don't know of any other democrat that's said that but i think he should. the benghazi thing, though, i think is a farce. people, it's not watergate. this is very much an attempt to do anything they can to throw tar and feathers on to hillary clinton as
begins at 3:00 i max baucus has directed to the news that the irs has been targeting conservative political groups. he says these are an outrageous abuse of power. it does not only inappropriate but also intolerable. he says i want to review the report offers but the irs should be prepared for it will investigation by the senate finance committee. president obama called reports that the irs targeted groups. he said anyone responsible should be held responsible. this came at a news conference this morning. is the first first lady to become -- to earn a college degree. and influence the has given -- she employs a has been to switch parties. the 13e wife of president as we continue the series. that live at 9:00 eastern. >> next year a special review on human rights in no. 3 will be presented to the united nations with the possibility of the un council taking up issue appeared the u.s. envoy. this is just over one hour. >> good afternoon. thank you for this opportunity robert keen. forecame the special envoy human rights issue in november 2009. this is on the human rights and affairs.
and the outgoing irs commissioner under fire. in his weekly address, president obama tried to shift focus away from the mounting controversies and back to the economy. >> more than anything, the american people make me optimistic about where we're headed at a nation. >> reporter: nothing could overshadow the fireworks on capitol hill friday. when acting irs commissioner steven miller, who tendered his resignation earlier this week, testified. >> we centralized cases based on political activity. >> reporter: he apologized that groups had been targeted for extra scrutiny. the tactic was a foolish mistake, miller said, but not a case of politics. >> why did you mislead congress and the american people on this? >> mr. chairman, i did not mislead congress nor the american people. i answered the questions as they were asked. >> reporter: this after the white house trying to tamp down criticism over the response to the benghazi attack, released 100 pages of e-mails and notes on wednesday. and the president came under fire this week for the justice department's widely criticized seizure of journalist phone
it and as always, read the fine print. julie watts, kpix 5. >>> coming up in our next half hour, the ousted irs chairman scolded by congress. >> this is a problem that the irs is too large, too powerful, too intrusive, and too abusive of honest hard working taxpayers. >> how the outgoing head of the agency answered accusations of political bias and deception. >>> breaking news out of connecticut. lots of injuries are reported after two commuter trains collide. >> traffic stop is like a box of chocolates. you never know what you're going to get. >> if you drive too fast, what's the chance you'll get a ticket? the bay area cities where you're most and least likely to get nabbed for speeding. ,,,,,, ♪ secondhand smoke affects everyone's health. it's not just irritating. it can cause heart disease and even death. speak up about secondhand smoke. your health and the health of your family depend on it. now at 6:30: he said he's sorry. but the >>> as acting commissioner i want to apologize on behalf of the irs, for the mistakes we made and the poor service we provided. >> now at 6:30, he said he is
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called for an independent commission to investigate the internal revenue service. the irs has been targeting contefsh tiff tea party groups but already groups on both sides of the spectrum may be hiding the sources of the political contributions. abc 7 news is here now. >> there is. and it's a big story the irs targeted tea party groups for special scrutiny. tomorrow, the first congressional hearing begins. look at thousand this got start wtd irs trying to monitor political activity of tax exempt organizations. they're not required to report who gives them money. >> are money. within years amount they cannot trace is ballooned. take a look, these were social welfare organization who's don't have to reveal the source of funding. >> there is a headline said billionaires dominating our campaign system that. is what's happening. it's new. >> a former senator co-authored the reforms but says high courts decision created a large loophole. at map light, daniel newman says the c 4s were never supposed to be overtly political. >> never designed to do this. typical 501 c 4 group might be vol
the irs targeting tea party groups seeking tax-exempt status. >> new evidence that agents in more irs offices than originally thought may have been involved in the targeting. abcf1the use. >> reporter: it's a movement based on the belief that everyday americans have reason >> hello, my felw pa >> reporter: that's what jennifer stepheno, a mom and conservative activist from philadelphia, said she confronted when she was grilled by the irs after trying to start her own tea party group. >> they would ask details. i got a baby on one arm, trying to feed another baby and trying to figure out, you know, how many e-mails did i send last week. you'll se the level of de yosend? wer they? pho rallies did you go to? how many events? >> reporter: extra scrutiny it turns out other conservative groups have faced over three >> it had a chillinon >> reporter: they founded the group called waco tea party in texas and also faced a lengthy interrogation from the irs. >> when i opened it up and started reading the letter and saw the five pages of question after question after question, i just -- didn't k
in health care. now you have all these federal agencies. who is at the top? the i.r.s. the i.r.s. is the enforcement arm of obamacare. of course just in the last few days we have seen the corruption at the i.r.s. where they have literally gone and picked winners and losers, picked partisan fights and literally tried to enforce the obama administration's will, punishing the enemies of the obama administration. this is not the agency that should be running health care. we need to repeal this law and fix the real problems in health care. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlelady from new york is recognized. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield two minutes to the gentlelady from new york, mrs. maloney. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york, mrs. maloney, is recognized for two minutes. mrs. maloney: i thank the gentlelady for yielding and extraordinary leadership. i rise, mr. speaker, today in opposition to the patient's rights repeal act and opposition to the rule. mr. speaker, at a time when the american peopl
investigation into the irs to see if any criminal laws were violated by going after conservative organizations, specifically tea party organizations, organizations that were patriot or patriots in their name, and he says a control investigation is being considered right now to see if any laws were actually broken. he says it was outrageous, unacceptable, for the irs to be targeting these conservative organizations for special scrutiny to determine whether or not they had a legitimate tax exempt status. he did say an investigation is now started. that takes this to a whole new level. this irs part of the story. >> so, gloria, then to you, you think big picture, the last couple of days in washington, between the questions over benghazi and that aftermath, questions here about wolf was mentioning this criminal probe into the irs, specifically and now the associated press and the seizing of phone records. what a week it's been. >> yeah. it's been a very difficult week. and earlier we were listening to the white house spokesman jay carney talk about this, and you can sort of hear his sense of frust
. >>> the fbi is going to investigate the irs stemming from a watchdog report that the agency deliberately targeted conservative groups for extra scrutiny. president obama says it's intolerable and inexcusable. in few hours attorney general eric holder will face questions from congress about this and mo more. brianna keilar is following this for us. >> reporter: last night after reading this report from the inspector general that oversees the irs, president obama put a statement out, the white house put out a statement from him where he said the irs must apply the law in a fire and impartial way. he said the report shows the agency failed that test and he said he's asked his treasury secretary to hold accountable those who are responsible. the internal revenue service is facing a criminal investigation after a watchdog report found the agency targeted conservative groups starting in 2010. the agency's inspector general found the irs used inappropriate criteria that identified for review tea party and other organizations applying for tax exempt status based upon their names or policy positi
issue. one that should be a wakeup call about the dangers of the new expansive powers afforded to the i.r.s. under obamacare. no government agency, particularly one with such corruption and apparent disregard for the constitution as the i.r.s. has any business accessing or monitoring americans' personal health information. as i speak here today, government bureaucrats are building the federal data services hub, the largest personal information database ever created by the u.s. government and because of obamacare, five midge government agencies are compiling information for the data hub. including the i.r.s., h.h.s., department of justice, department of homeland security and social security administration. what this hub means is government bureaucrats are gaining unprecedented access and power over the american people's financial health, personal information through the implementation of obamacare. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentlelady is recognized for 30 seconds. mrs. black: how can president obama and congressional democrats support obamacare, a law
yal involving. irs and conservative groups is growing. >> and >>> a local environmental battle took another turn today landing in a courtroom. drake's bay oyster company is in west marin point reyes national sea shore and is trying to stop the federal government from shutting it down down. >> u.s. interior department is the one that orders operation to close last fall and then a u.s. district attorney judge agreed the government has right to make that decision but owners are refusing to give up and today, took their case to a higher court. the three-judge panel being asked to overrule a lower court decision that puts the drake's bay oyster farm out of business. oyster s have been harvested here at the sea shore since 1934 but last november then interior secretary visited the operation and zided the federal land should be restored to wilderness. he refused to renew the lease of the leby family, which took over the farm in 2005. >> we didn't know we'd have to go through the a political battle to protect animal agriculture in west marin from government abuse. >> the case sk handled for
, highs back up around 90 degrees so this cool spell won't last too long. >> up next a woman the irs. >> it's now the subject of a criminal investigation. >>> drake's bay oyster farm is fighting to stay alive. drake's asked judges to overrule a decision that puts drakes out of business. oysters have been harvested nearly eight decades. the federal government decided to restore the tloond wilder nis. the family that took over the farm says it's not fair and environmentalists say it's about time the land was restored. >> we didn't know we'd have to go through a political boot battle to protect from government abuse,. >> public land needed to be protected this, is for all americans to enjoy not just one company to profit off of this. >> drakes estimates it produces 40% of the oysters in california. it's unclear en >> a radio personality says she may have been a tea party supporter targeted by the irs. two years ago she says she was the subject of a lengthy audit. >> an agent spent three months every day in our office it and was a nightmare bebu we came out clean. >> she says she may sue
baucus says he's going to look into the irs targeting conservative political groups which could add to a growing number of panels. on friday the irs apologized for statute nicing the tax-exempt status of groups with titles like tea party or patriot. these actions by the irs are an outrageous abuse of power and a preach of the public's trust. targeting groups based on their political views is not only inappropriate, but it is intolerable. the senate gavels in at 2 eastern beginning with general speeches. at 5 they'll return to debate on the army corps of engineers' water projects. senators are going through amendments to the bill. we'll have live coverage here on c-span2. and at 3:00 eastern on our companion network, c-span, we'll be live with a senate confirmation hearing on president obama's pick for deputy director of the white house budget office, brian deese he'll respond to questions from the homeland security and governmental affairs committee. >> we're a brand new start-up company with one mission, and that's to protect distracted driving accidents that are caused by cell pho
and misconduct by the irs. with the top republican on the house oversight committee saying that today he will request sworn depositions from the two men who oversaw that report on u.s. security failures in libya. a pair of growing controversies now dominating the discussion in washington. first the administration's handling of the deadly tragedy in benghazi, with republicans complaining of a coverup, demanding more hearings and accusing the obama administration of manipulating the facts. >> the american people were effectively lied to for a period of about a month. >> reporter: the white house says it's been forthcoming and says republicans are trying to politicize the issue. also raising red flags, news that irs agents targeted tea party groups for extra scrutiny. with an inspector general's report due out this week expected to say that irs officials were aware of the targeting as early as 2011, contradicting former denials by the irs commissioner. >> this should send chills up your spine. this is something we cannot let stand. >> reporter: the white house called the irs's actions inapp
to grill the ousted head of the irs today as the scandal over the targeting of tea party groups claims the job of another top agency official. >>> today, excve amanda knox former boyfriend speaks out for the first time since his murder acquittal was overturned. this morning how he feels about facing a new trial, why he stood behind knox and what their relationship is like now. >>> and road trip. we are getting ready to set off on next week's great american adventure. first stop hawaii. natalie is so excited, she is already doing the hula in honolulu today may 17th, 2013. >> from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie. live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> pretty morning here in new york. good morning. welcome to "today" on a friday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> i'm savannah guthrie. >> the house committee first dead kated to the irs scandal and the outgoing director is expected to get a grilling from republicans today. >> that scandal is one of the political controversy facing the obama administration right now, but this morning the president's trying to mo
three times for the white house. the irs controversy will stay in the spotlight this week. the senate on tuesday and the house on wednesday hold hearing into the agency's targeting of conservative groups which applied for tax exempt status. voters in los angeles could make history this week by electing their first female mayor. democrats wendy grueul and eric garcia yetty face off on tuesday. pritsger a major supporter of president barack obama has been nominated by the white house to become congress secretary. her senate confirmation hearing is schedule for thursday. poppy. >> paul, thanks so much. appreciate it. >>> well, president obama, his administration on the defensive over a host of things. how is it all playing out with the american people? we're going to take a look. t sas helps lower cholesterol as part of a heart healthy diet. that's true. ...but you still have to go to the gym. ♪ the one and only, cheerios ♪ the one and only, cheerios there was this and this. she got a parking ticket... ♪ and she forgot to pay her credit card bill on time. good thing she's got the c
that president obama would rather forget with controversy swirling over the irs, benghazi, and snooping on the associated press. david gregory is moderator of "meet the press." david, good morning. good to see you. >> good morning, lester. >> so how is the white house taking all of this? i know they refused to call any of these scandals. what's the mood there? >> well, i think they've -- they felt certainly under siege. i think now they're feeling like they're fighting out of it a little bit, separating the issues, trying to treat them more as distractions, calling them out on politics, looking for relevance of the republican party overreaching. but then, also, having to lay out a process for accountability when it comes to the irs, because more is going to be known there. >> and the president just wants to get back to business. he's already talked about a new rule to speed up infrastructure projects, talking about the economy, trying to reach the average american and get past this noise. can he or is there still going pressure for more explanations about all these? >> i think there's g
rating was at 51%, up two points. president is trying to change the focus from the irs, benghazi and associated press scandals and trying to shift the focus back to the economy. listen to what the president had to say this morning during his commencement address at morehouse college in atlanta. >> my job as president is to advocate for policies that jaen rate more opportunity for everybody, policies that strengthen the middle class and give more people the chance to climb their way into the middle class. policies that create more good jobs and reduce poverty and educate more children and give more families the security of health care and protect more of our children from the who are roars of gun violence. that's my job. >> so can the president regain control of the agenda talking about jobs and health care? candy crowley is anchor of "the state of the union." >> when it came out on the news a week ago friday i think -- here's why. because here's the cardinal rule when you deal with situations like these, for all white houses -- you do not interfere in an independent investigation
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